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July 13, 2021 8:00 am
You can't study reformed doctrine without going over the five points of Calvinism in the form of the acrostic tulip to UL IP whether or not you're already familiar with tulip. We're glad you joined us for this broadcast of the Bible study our today Dr. James Boyce will take a look at each of these five points as we study the final verse of the entire Bible in the concluding message from the series amazing Grace, welcome to the Bible study our radio and Internet broadcast with Dr. James Boyce preparing you to think and act quickly, admitting the truth of the gospel is one thing truly clinging to the grace it offers is entirely another. Let's listen in together to the teaching of Dr. Boyce to find out what it means to be settled in grace we have come to the end of the study of race.
One of the most marvelous things all the Bible properly understood.
I suppose it is the most marvelously all the Bible because it embraces the great doctrines of salvation. Surprisingly, we've also come the very last verse of the Bible but not surprisingly, we find that the very last verse of the Bible also talked about race.
I don't know whether you can think back that far. But you may recall that when we began our study of grace.
We started with the book of Genesis and now we come to the book of Revelation very last verse which reads the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with God's people, a man that's a benediction benediction literally means to speak a good word about somebody or to give them a blessing and doxology is praise of God.
Find language sounds similar to bridge that difference now. Lastly, we look at the verse sounds like a benediction studying first Peter 510 it says on the God of all grace called you to his eternal glory in Christ. After you've suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong firm and steadfast in the older King James Bible. That is even translated as if it were a benediction on sprinkling make you steadfast. That's a blessing, but it isn't actually that way is actually a promise says that God will do it and that's what makes that a great verse about perseverance.
We come to this last verse of the Bible. We really do come to a benediction. That means that it is a wish or a desire to grace of the Lord Jesus Christ actually might be with God's people. I am taking time to count all of the Bibles benediction, but I suppose it's no exaggeration to say that there must be hundreds of. I began this study I did collect all the text of the Bible and had to do with grace. And one thing that struck me way back at the beginning was the number of benedictions that have the word grace and regularly in the New Testament as a matter of fact decided at the beginning of the series that I would and every one of the messages with the different benediction which contains the word grace I think more or less perhaps one or two exceptions, I forgot it mixed it up that I've done that last for five months. Every one of these studies with the different benediction just read some of them to you grace and peace to you from God our father and from the Lord Jesus Christ. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you grace and peace to you from God our father and the Lord Jesus Christ. The grace of the Lord Jesus with you grace and peace to you from God our father and the Lord Jesus Christ me that grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Grace and peace to you from God our father and the Lord Jesus Christ grace to all who love our Lord Jesus with an undying love, grace and peace to you from God our father and the Lord Jesus Christ. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, amen. Grace and peace to you from God our father. Grace be with you grace and peace to you the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you grace and peace to you the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Grace, mercy, and peace from God the father in Christ Jesus our Lord. Grace be with you, grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus. Grace be with you grace and peace from God the father in Christ Jesus our Savior.
Grace be with you all. Grace to you and peace from God our father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Grace be with you all. Grace and peace be yours in abundance, grace and peace be yours in abundance to the knowledge of God in Jesus Christ our Lord. Grace and peace to you from him who is and who was, and it is the calm in the last when our text grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with God's people, a man is of the benedictions in the New Testament in order to use the word grace. Now these benedictions are most frequent in Paul's letters. They fit well and that sort of literary format, but they are scattered throughout New Testament notice as I read them that that great lessening of grace is often the benedictions associated with two other blessing blessings of mercy and peace quite often is put into a Trinitarian context of these things come to us from each member of the Godhead. Probably the best-known and most complete form of these benedictions is one that's found in second Corinthians 13. In verse 13 may the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
A man were studying Revelation 2221 that's not most complete of the benedictions it doesn't contain all of the elements that we find in the others but it is like them. In this respect that it does link the blessing of grace, particularly the Jesus Christ. We began this study long ago.
I painted a bit of a contrast between the Old Testament where grace is not as prominent and the New Testament. Where were told explicitly that grace came to us in a special way through the Lord Jesus Christ pulse at the same thing. Writing to Timothy years of more complete statement of it, this grace was given to us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time means God determined before creation that he was going to be gracious. Those were his people. Since Paulette has not been revealed to us through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and brought life and immortality to light the gospel study the word grace. You'll find if you use the new international version translation that in the Old Testament, you only have eight occurrences of the word grace when you turn to the New Testament, you find the word appearing. 128 times it sometimes concentrated in key passages.
Romans five is one the latter half of that chapter uses the word number of times seven or eight times is also used extensively in Ephesians 1 is to study all of those chapters as part of the series.of course, in the Old Testament there are other words to convey the idea. Others were graciously example of the best-known text in the Old Testament uses the word gracious God says in Exodus 34 six toward the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger and abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands forgetting wickedness, rebellion and sin is repeated over and over again throughout the Old Testament currently was a wonderful thing to be told as God told Moses, there in Exodus visa gracious God, and then the word favorite car that's the synonym on is favorable to his people.
Light of his favor shines upon us and things like that.
But still, even when you take all of us text look at them. There is no doubt that there is a difference between the Old Testament and the new, at least at this point because in Jesus Christ.
As John said the first chapter. Grace came in a fresh way. Walking by Moses that drawn grace and truth. Special way came through Jesus Christ. The reason of courses that by the death of Jesus Christ by his resurrection, we see what the grace of God is really done for us to save us from our sins. Now, as I said this is something that's associated particularly with Jesus Christ. And that's what the benedictions on the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Why is that why is it particularly associated with Jesus Christ. One way of looking at it.
We haven't done that yet in the series is to see what the so-called doctrines of grace to say what they have to do with Jesus Christ the doctrines of grace are usually expressed grown-up reformed circles know that part of again and again by an acrostic prospect is called tulip UL IP each one of those letter stands for one of the five so-called doctrines of grace T for total depravity of unconditional election over limited atonement. I for irresistible grace and favor the perseverance of the saints is not the best terms were talking about what we mean by the doctrine but sort of the traditional way of listing them is doctrines that take away any thought of our contributing to our salvation are somehow helping God out or somehow persevering and keeping ourselves by our own strength and instead they placed all of the glory for our salvation where it belongs.
That is with God and praise him for his grace. Let's look at each one of them how that relates to Jesus Christ. Total depravity is the first it's not exactly an expression of grace itself, but it does show why grace is necessary.
Total depravity means is that were unable to do anything to help ourselves even respond to the preaching of the gospel unless God first of all, does something in our hearts to enable us to do it total depravity.
As I suggested earlier is probably not the best way to talk about because we don't mean to suggest by that that all people are as bad as they could possibly be given time will get worse by from the grace of God. Radical parameters of our better way of talking about it means that our depravity strikes at the very heart of who we are one with the human race. We have great plans for doing things better. We carry our corruption with ourselves. So when we talk about radical depravity of total gravity.
What were saying is that if there's any hope for us it has to be by the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ as our depravity that makes the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ necessary. Second, Dr. unconditional election.
Now those words mean that the determining factor in our salvation is not our choice of God, but rather God's choice of us and that he chose long before we knew it. Need before we were created or anything was created because of selecting saving plan of God was something hidden in the mind of God in the counsels of God from before all time God has in that decision elected to save a certain number of people and bring them to faith in Jesus Christ and then to have them be with him and Lori forever and here's the interesting thing when the Bible is talking about that electing choice of God access explicitly.
Ephesians 14 God chose us in him that is in Christ Jesus for the foundation of the world. Our salvation doesn't only depend upon the electing choice of God depends upon our being elected in Christ that is on the basis of what he should do and by our union with him so if it's right to say is I just found that total depravity means that the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ is necessary if were to be saved, then, is doctrine of unconditional election means that it is only in Jesus Christ. Haven't us take 1/3 of these five doctrines limited atonement a lot it really is a terrible phrase because what it suggests is that people who believe in the doctrines of grace are somehow trying to limit the value of the death of Jesus Christ were not trying to do that all value the death price is infinite because he is the infinite God. God had elected to save not only every creature on the surface of this planet. Now Liber was ever been alive or ever will be.
And if there would be a billion worlds like this save all of those people as well. While the death of the Lord Jesus Christ is able to cover it but that's not what were talking about when we talk about limited atonement. The proper phrase for it would be definite atonement or particular redemption informed reformed people of our day generally refer to it in that way and what we mean when we say that is that the death of Jesus Christ was efficacious in the sense that it actually save those for whom he died. Look at the great terms in the Bible that are used to describe the death of Jesus Christ. Those tartans do not present themselves as possibilities sense Jesus by his atonement made it possible for people to have their sins, atonement, or when it uses the word propitiation made it possible for God to be propitiated where their sins are concerned or when it uses the word reconciliation legislative possible for us to be reconciled to God are redeemed and made it possible for us to be renamed the way the Bible uses those terms is in a positive sense it says Jesus redeemed his people. He propitiated the wrath of God on behalf of his people.
He reconciled his people to God. He made atonement for their sins, something he did something he accomplished.
When we talk about that third of the great doctrines of grace perfectly evident that that is in Jesus Christ. I suppose it's not more than any other reason that causes that were grace to be like the name of Jesus Christ benedictions the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. That grace achieved for us by his death by his for our sin. Specifically, that is the grace about which we speak we talk about irresistible grace is the fourth of the doctrines. What that really means is that it is God who calls us to faith in Jesus Christ and he does it effectively. They left to ourselves, even if we hear the gospel, and even if we can understand that which we can do in a certain intellectual sense of us would respond to.
It just becomes interesting speculation or mythology. When by the power of the Holy Spirit or Jesus Christ sent his Holy Spirit calls us by name, then we hear that call and we respond where he/she respond to his name as a set of those gray discourses in the gospel of John of the way of putting it is to say the Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit to regenerate exodus to make us alive because we become spiritually alive. We respond to the call of Jesus Christ and we curate irresistible grace means that Jesus calls us effectively and without this grace of the Lord Jesus Christ would reject about the last 50 of these doctrines perseverance of the Saints. This means that on the one hand, the redeemed will persevere in faith until the very end but it also means. On the other hand, that the reason they persevere in faith and to the very end, is that God Almighty perseveres with them and this too has to do with Jesus Christ. Member how we have that example of Peter.
We were looking at it in the last study, Peter, who thought he could stay at all on his own because he said, after all, I love Jesus.
That's all it necessary. I really do love it. Therefore, no matter what happens I'll stand by him and I'm ready to die but of course you can reckon on his own weakness or the power of Satan was the temperature.
So when that challenge came before he knew what he was doing. He had already denied Jesus Christ all he would've fallen away completely for something that Jesus Christ said Jesus said Satan is desired to sift you as wheat.
But I have prayed for you, your faith will not fail all your faith will fail and when you are converted strengthened your brother say when we talk about perseverance.
We have to talk about the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ as well is every reason why we get to the very end of the Bible, we find the verse we do grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you. It means that it is because we have been chosen in him before the creation of the world saved by his death for us in time and called the faith by the Holy Spirit of Christ and are being preserved in this life by his prayers for us and by his favorite because of those great doctrines we read the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with his people. I want to deal with a another topic and is this I have described this benediction at all benedictions as a wish or desire part of the people to whom its address word of blessing to them and it's a desire this case the grace of Jesus Christ might be with them, but you might well be asking that if we have already received the grace of Jesus Christ.
As I just described through great doctrines of grace selecting grace calling grace, persevering grace grace of the atonement of all those things. How can we really say the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you. What is that mean we already have the grace of God to pray more grace for grace upon grace is God somehow withheld his grace that we have to procedure for it.
Well it's not that all I want to suggest a number of ways that were take this revelation 2221 give us the answers by itself. But if we look at other verses in the Bible will find that there are ways this can and should be done. First of all we need to be set in the great doctrines of grace because were often not settled. One thing we mean when we say the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you was that we might be settled in the stock are often reasons why were not for one thing, in the Christian life. We sometimes get our priorities all mixed up, put something ahead of God and so we begin to live either for our career. People do that for well perhaps for the favor of another person, whatever it may be in whenever we do that we really are off the track to learn something about that on the Davis one of the great verses about grace what he said in that prayer in the second chapter. Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs.
Whenever you do that you are really settled in grace and that's one thing remains another way that we can fail to be settled in the grace of God in us when we forget how gracious God has been to us and therefore when we are parched others where you treat other people is always going to affect your relationship to God.
I suppose this is exactly what the author of that in mind when he says to XC that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble in the file.
Many churches become very ungracious place. God people are fighting all the time is no manifestation of the grace of God there and all camps, be aware and be responsive to the grace of God to you. If you're not being gracious to other people or again sometimes people substitute mere forms of Christianity for the gospel. You missed the grace of God. When you do that same author of Hebrews said it is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace and not by ceremonial foods words he was writing to people for whom that was a very important thing and he said you know it's never going to be the case that these external things of religion are going to strengthen you and grace, sometimes very very helpful in some ways but Doug don't get hung up on those same be settled in the grace of God. So when we are talking about grace and we pray that people might know something of the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ with one thing we mean they might be settled great grace doctrines is the second thing we also mean that we need to grow in the knowledge of God's grace and knowledge of grace is not a static thing, nothing in life is static for us either improving. Are we getting worse. You're exercising you get better when you stop exercising your body will begin the decline in the same way our knowledge of the things of God. If you are continuing to grow in knowledge, you will grow to stop doing that you want a Peter wrote about that second Peter 318 grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ but an example we have an example of Jesus himself told when he was a child gospel second chapter the child grew and became strong. It was filled with wisdom and the grace of God was upon him, become something of a model for us in that respect, there's 1/3 thing we made when we talk about the grace of God we need to exercise the gift of serving others that God is given to each of us. We don't normally think of the grace of God and the gifts of God together and yet there are significant verses in the Bible to put them together. Let me give you some examples here.
First Peter 49 interrupted each Christian should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms. Peter identifies graces of God with the gifts of God again. Paul does the same thing.
Ephesians 47 each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned what is talking about their spiritual gifts are one thing, we pray when we say grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with his people as we might become aware of the gifts that he's given that we might exercise the benefit of others within the church of Jesus Christ is 1/4 and final thing we need a continuing supply of grace in order to grow in grace must complete the work that God assigns us.
The apostle Paul must've been particularly aware about I suppose any minister that's worth anything is aware of that aware of the fact that unless God is blessing what you're doing is absolutely worthless. You better be aware of that because sometimes even when God is blessing that you feel is absolutely worth see the response you're talking to Eric.
Paul was very much aware of that that he needed the grace of God blessed them as he used the gift of teaching God-given. So he says things like this eroded in many of his letters about this to the Romans, several verses through him and for his name's sake we received grace and apostleship for this purpose to call people from among all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith.
Grace of God gave them my commissioner again by the grace given me I say to you, or again because of the grace God gave me the same thing to the Ephesians. I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God's grace given me through the working of his power, although I am less than the least of all God's people, this grace was given me to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ same thing. Writing to the Corinthians, by the grace God has given me.
I laid a foundation is an expert builder and later on by the grace of God I am what I am in his grace to me was not without effect. No I worked harder than all of them, and yet not I, God was with see how it works always aware that God given him grace to do the task that he was given and therefore he prayed as well for other people. God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things and at all times, having all that you need, you will abound when we say the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with God's people.
Those are some of the things we have in mind how we come here to the very last word of the very last verse of the very last block in the Bible is the word amen. If you know much about a man, it means firmer, faithful, or true when it's honored as a response to some declaration, it means so let it be in the New Testament word amen is found in 127 versus many of them it occurs twice because one thing that Jesus often said as he began assaying was this, amen, amen, I say the translated different ways in our version. Some of them say, verily, verily, that's with the King James did.
Others say, truly, truly, the NIV says I tell you the truth, but in any case, however, you translated it's a way Jesus had a calling attention to what he was going to say as the very truth of Almighty God. But I here's the interesting thing and 76 verses word amen occurs at the beginning of a sentence and in 48 verses is found at the end of a sentence and it is always God who uses the word at the beginning and it is always man who uses the word at the end. Does that mean well, it means this God says amen amen what God is saying is I solemnly affirm that what I am about you my stake your life upon when we hear that we say amen, amen. What we mean by that is we believe what you're saying.
Act upon it. Luckily I want. Again, we have done a lot of study of this doctrine of grace. Of months and I want to say can you say your amen those great documents of study. Let me review them part of these chapters. Although the law was given through Moses.
Grace and truth came through Jesus Christ couldn't say amen to that you found Jesus to be the very embodiment as well as the only true source of grace and truth. Peter say to the Lord, Lord, shall we go. You have the words of eternal life. Believe and know that you're the holy one of God can say amen to that.
We also learned in the studies of salvation is by grace alone were studying Ephesians we saw that for us by grace you been saved through faith and this is not from yourselves. It's the gift of God not by works, so that no one can boast. You say amen to that state. That means is that you're acknowledging that there is nothing in you and possibly commend yourself to God. Salvation is his work is offered to you. All you can do is receive it. When you receive it. Even at reception is made possible by the grace of God say that that's the very minimum of what it is to understand the gospel and begin to respond to it and become a Christian. You say your amen to that rescinded the justification also comes by the grace of God alone because strait is no difference all sinned and fall short of the glory of God and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came through Christ Jesus receive the grace brought us into a new standing before God's life to the grace is triumphant in the bounding Romans 520 and 21 that we can be strong in grace. Second Timothy 21 that the grace of God will be sufficient for us, regardless of any specific burdens or hardships we may be given by God to bear. Second Corinthians 12 line that we may approach the throne of God's grace confidently in prayer.
Hebrews 416 in the God of all grace, who called you into his eternal glory in Jesus Christ, will himself restore you and make strong firm and steadfast.
First Peter 510. These are all great truths that the greatest of all truism.
The question is can we say our amen to I began to do this study. Months ago I together always tax saw which ones were important structured. These various messages around them. I discovered when I got to the end of this when I have a lot of verses left over know how many verses I had left over.
Know how many verses I actually referred to in the single message, all having to do with grace that I have not talked about in the previous messages, 60 verses that so many verses I reviewed this one message all about the grace of God and the question is can you say you're a man to God has already spoken his amen what God is that is that you can count on that. You can, my grace, I'm a gracious God, and I make my grace available in Jesus Christ know Jesus Christ your heart like that of you will say amen amen father, we thank you that it is a brace or do anything else would be no hope for anyone matter what little minimum you put, however insignificant it might be for us to do in order that we might be. Say we would certainly not part we did we fall away again, we thank you that it is all of grace. What greater theme could there be a watch. Greater thought to occupy our minds. Then the grace of the very God of creation, the one who has created everything we see or know or even that we can imagine done that yet you are a gracious God. You shall not grace toward us in Jesus Christ. Father granted not one has heard this or will hear this message is repeated on radio or any other way and allow these gray statements of grace to go past unheated rather by your grace, they might respond to so finds that grace which is in Christ Jesus and be saved now and forever. Amen. You are listening to the Bible study hour with the Bible teaching of Dr. James Boyce listener supported ministry of the alliance of confessing Evangelicals. The alliance exists to promote a biblical understanding and worldview. Drawing upon the insight and wisdom of reformed theologians from decades and even centuries gone by. We seek to provide Christian teaching that will equip believers to understand and meet the challenges and opportunities of our time and place. Alliance broadcasting includes the Bible study hour with Dr. James Boyce every last word with Bible teacher, Dr. Philip Reich and Dr. Barnhouse in the Bible featuring Donald Barnhouse. For more information on the alliance including a free introductory package for first-time callers or to make a contribution.
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